KV331 Audio’s flagship Synthesizer plugin SynthMaster 2 has arrived on the iPad in a touch-optimized version with the same dual-layer engine.
I’m always excited to see how the iOS music-making platform will develop. In recent years, there has been a clear increase in high-quality apps. With the introduction of the AUv3 plugin standard, many developers have ported their macOS / Windows plugins to iOS. See Eventide, FabFilter, and others.
Today I’m happy to announce that the full version of the popular SynthMaster 2 plugin from KV331 Audio has now made it to iOS. Do not confuse it with SynthMaster One, which is a pure wavetable synth. SM 2 is a true synthesis workstation.
SynthMaster 2 iPad
The SynthMaster 2 version for the iPad is not a simple port. The developers have designed a new GUI which is tailored to the advantages of the iPad. To be honest, many developers fail here because they use the same mouse-based GUI as on the PC/Mac without optimizing it for touch. I had the chance to check out the app in beta and the GUI works super smoothly.
SynthMaster supports native resolutions of various iPad devices and ships with 4 different skins (blue, white, dark, proto). Separate interfaces are available for the AUv3 version.
Big Modulations, Effects…
Further, you can refine your sounds with 5 insert effects on each layer. There are 13 different types of effects including a vocoder, delay, chorus, distortion, lo-fi, reverb, and more. Two additional global effects send busses gives you even more effect routing flexibility. Lastly, it features a comprehensive arpeggiator/sequencer section with up to 32 steps.
The developers have done a great job. The sound is as great as on a PC / Mac, but programming sounds is much more fun with touch. And do not forget. Now you can craft presets on the iPad and then transfer them to the SM2 Mac / Win version. Big like for this functionality. Anyone who loves synthesizers on the iPad cannot avoid SM2.
KV331 Audio SynthMaster 2 is available now for an introductory price of $14.99 USD. It runs as a standalone app on iPads with iOS 11+ and as an AUv3 plugin. Also on sale are two IAPs. The desktop presets upgrade at the intro price of $4.99 USD gives you all factory presets (2000 in total) from SynthMaster 2.9 plugin.
The “all expansion bundle” costs you now $39.99 USD and adds all current 32 SynthMaster presets expansion banks.
More information here: KV331 Audio (AppStore)